adjective noun

  1. (temporal) past, gone by (cp. accaya 1)

    1. adj.; atītaṃ addhānaṃ in the time which is past SN.iii.86; AN.iv.219; AN.v.32
      ■ Pv.ii.12#12 (atītānaṃ, scil. attabhāvāuaṃ pariyanto na dissati); khaṇâtīta with the right moment past Dhp.315 = Snp.333; atītayobbana he who is past youth or whose youth is past Snp.110
    2. nt the past: atīte (loc.) once upon a time Ja.i.98 etc. atītaṃ āhari he told (a tale of) the past, i.e. a Jātaka Ja.i.213 Ja.i.218, Ja.i.221 etc
      ■ SN.i.5 (atītaṃ nânusocati); AN.iii.400 (a eko anto); Snp.851, Snp.1112. In this sense very frequently combd. with or opposed to anāgata the future & paccuppanna the present, e.g. atītânāgate in past & future SN.ii.58; Snp.373; Or all three in ster. combn. atīt’-anāgata-paccuppanna (this the usual order) DN.iii.100 DN.iii.135; SN.ii.26, SN.ii.110, SN.ii.252; SN.iii.19, SN.iii.47, SN.iii.187; SN.iv.4 sq.; SN.iv.151 sq.; AN.i.264 sq., AN.i.284; AN.ii.171, AN.ii.202; AN.iii.151; AN.v.33; Iti.53 Cnd.22; but also occasionally atīta paccuppanna anāgata e.g. Pv-a.100.
  2. (modal) passed out of, having overcome or surmounted, gone over, free from (cp. accaya 2; SN.i.97 (maraṇaṃ an˚ not free from death), SN.i.121 (sabbavera-bhaya˚); AN.ii.21; AN.iii.346 (sabbasaṃyojana˚); Snp.373 (kappa˚), Snp.598 (khaya˚, of the moon = ūnabhāvaṃ atīta Snp-a.463); Thag.413 (c. abl.)

  3. (id.) overstepping having transgressed or neglected (cp. accaya 3) Dhp.176 (dhammaṃ).

  • -aṃsa the past (= atīta koṭṭhāse, atikkantabhavesū ti attho Thag-a.233) DN.ii.222; DN.iii.275; Thig.314.
  • -ārammaṇa state of mind arising out of the past Dhs.1041.

Sk. atīta, ati + ita, pp. of i. Cp. accaya & ati eti